Cheap, great lessons, great atmosphere, short drive from anywhere
Often Icy, Crowded weekends, No easy trails from top of front face
Hunter Mtn is one of my favorite resorts. It is very convenient to get to, and it is a great atmosphere to ski/ride in. Greatest lessons ever. It took me three hours for me to learn how to ski down a trail without falling when I was six. It also took me the same amount of time to learn to Snowboard down a trail without falling when I was eleven. The burton learn to ride center would probably explain it. All the instructors go through a program they must pass in order to be able to teach people to ski/ride.
The resort also has great beginner, as well as intermediate and expert trails. If you're looking for an introduction to the next level of skiing/riding, this is the place to be. The trails are all their own adventure for you to explore which provides a great progression atmosphere.
For the riders, the mountain also has two great terrain parks, as well as a progression park on Hunter one. The progression park is so much fun no matter what level rider/freeskier you are. The two big terrain parks, Lower Broadway and Park Avenue, are a little harder and are a good step-up to harder freestyle terrain.
Unfortunately, the resort is often crowded weekends, but is almost vacant on weekdays. It is often icy, except for a huge snowstorm which will drop 2 feet of snow about every other week. If you're looking for a resort with a great crew, not having the highest expectations for snow conditions, and just want a close drive, Hunter Mountain is the place for you.
They also have good chili. :)